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1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan with comments from Peter Neely #3

Perth based photo-journalist Ric Chan started going on surf trips to Bali in the early 80s. In 1985 he was lured to Bali to help set up and run Cheaters Night Club in Kuta’s entertainment strip, near the famous Peanuts Club.

Ric lived in Bali until ’91 and then returned to his native NZ after his wife Sami passed away. Ric and his sons Taron & Tao settled in NZ’s North Island.

This is a glimpse of Ric’s 80’s Bali photo gallery and a taste of quieter times in Bali.

Ric ChanPeter Neely is an old mate who was in Bali when I was there.

Peter runs the web site INDO SURF and LINGO  www.indosurf.com.au  and has provided background comments on some of Ric’s Bali pics.

Photo: 1985 Poppies Lane Kuta Bali

Peter Neely –  This is on the corner of the main road Jalan Legian. You’d often see ritzy older tourists from Sanur being dropped by taxi there, on their way to Poppies Restaurant, but looking confused and a little bit scared at how small and dark the lane is.

Back in 1975 the owner of Poppies ran a power lead 100 metres from the restaurant to this corner, then placed a neon “Peter’s Icecream” sign on the ground. It was the only bright light in the entire village. It was the only safe place to eat icecream as they had electricity before any other cafes which still used metre-long blocks of ice which were delivered every other  day from the city’s Denpasar iceworks. Rumours said the ice was made with polluted water direct from the filthy Denpasar river, so everyone was told “Don’t put ice in your drinks”.

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Photo: 1985 The Doggies Bar & Restaurant Kuta

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Photo: 1985 The Pub & Bali Indah Restaurant Kuta

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Photo: 1980 Sri Lanka surf break just north of Nusa Dua, on the south coast of the Benoa peninsula.

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Photo: 1980-83 Bali Nusa Dua aerial pic.

Peter NeelyA small day with Outside Nusa Dua reeling off at around 6 foot, but hardly breaking at the secret Nikko reef in the foreground. Now overbuilt with hotels and breakwaters.

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Photo: 1980 Balinese surfer at Kuta

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Photo: 1980 Balinese surfer at Kuta

Peter Neely – The curly hair makes me think this is Bali’s first official “champion” surfer Wayan Sudirka. He stood out with a smooth flowing style, learnt from Gerry Lopez and his Hawaiian buddies.

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Photo: 1985 Sami & Ric Chan Jimbaran Bay

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Photo: 1985 Uluwatu surf break & warungs

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Photos: 1980s Uluwatu cave. (Left) Steve ‘Hog’ Hannett descending bamboo ladder.

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Photo: 1980 Uluwatu wave on low tide.

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Photo: 1985 Uluwatu surf break view from Warung on the cliff.

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Photo: 1985 Bali sunset through palm trees

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Coming soon 1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan with comments from Peter Neely #4

You can inquire on the SDS Web & Facebook sites to view Ric’s previous Bali photo galleries.

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Design of movie ticket for 1969 ‘Evolution’ surf film.

In 1969, John Arnold Surf Machines in Adelaide got in touch with New Zealand photo-journalist Ric Chan. At the time, Ric was touring the East Coast of Australia in his gold coloured Kombi. John Arnold commissioned him to travel from Adelaide to Western Australia, to cover the first Australian Surfing Titles held in WA and design a movie ticket for Paul Witzigs’ 1969 Evolution surf film.

Click on this link to view Ric Chan’s coverage of 1969 Australian Surf Titles in WA

Ric’s photos and article covering the Title events held at Scarborough, Margaret River and Yallingup, were then featured on the poster sized movie ticket for Paul Witzigs’ Evolution surf film. Ric’s commentary is accompanied by reviews from surf legends Bob McTavish and John Arnold. The ticket doubled as the movie poster and was published by John W Robertson in Adelaide, June 1969.

The front of the poster shows a John Arnold Surf Machine logo and is accompanied by a well-known image of Wayne Lynch from Victoria. The photo by lensman John Pennings, was taken at the 1968 Australian Surfing Titles at Palm Beach, on the NSW coast.

Image: 1969 front of Evolution surf film ticket. Wayne Lynch photo by John Pennings.

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The back of the Evolution surf film ticket features reviews by Bob McTavish, Ric Chan and John Arnold with surf photos by Ric Chan.

Image: 1969 back of Evolution surf film ticket. Photos by Ric Chan.

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Image: Bob McTavish’s ‘Evolution film and it’s maker’ review on Evolution surf film ticket. Photos by Ric Chan.

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Image: Ric Chan’s ‘1969 Australian Surf Titles’ report on Evolution surf film ticket. Photos by Ric Chan.

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Image: John Arnold’s ‘Wayne Lynch’ review on Evolution surf film ticket. Photos by Ric Chan.

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In 2014, Ric Chan presented an original edition of the Evolution surf film ticket to Surfing WA. The ticket, now a collector’s item for surf history buffs, was placed in Surfing WA’s history collection.

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Ric Chan’s coverage of 1969 Australian Surf Titles in WA.

In 1965 young New Zealand surfer and photographer Ric Chan moved from New Zealand and landed in Brisbane Australia seeking adventure.

RicI brought my Pentax camera & second hand £26 600mm lens to shoot surf. For a couple of years I toured the East Coast of OZ chasing waves, women & adventure in my gold coloured VW Kombi van, which I built behind Jack Knight’s parent’s apartment in North Steyne. I earned $’s taking surf photos and selling them to Surf Magazines. I may be Australia’s first Chinese surfer/surf photographer.

Photo: 1968 Ric Chan’s gold Kombi outside Bob McTavish property in Northern NSW. Ric Chan pic.

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RicOn one of my surf trips, I met top surfers Wayne Dale and Lane Habib (South Australia). It was Lane who talked me into going to South Australia. I was a free spirit and thought why not! In Adelaide I met John Arnold who commissioned me to travel from SA to WA to cover the 1969 Australian Surfing Titles and design a movie ticket/poster for Paul Witzigs’ Evolution surf film.

Photo: 1968 John Arnold Surfboards brochure, compliments of Gasworks Surf Shops WA.

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The following images are Ric Chan’s photographic coverage of the ’69 Australian Surfing Titles. The design of the poster sized Evolution movie ticket is covered in the next SDS blog.

1969 AUSTRALIAN SURF TITLES

Western Australia hosted the Australian Surf Riding Titles for the first time in May 1969. The contest was blessed with offshore conditions and plenty of swell. Championship rounds were held at Scarborough and Margaret River and finished with finals at Yallingup.

Contest Results

Mens: 1. Nat Young NSW 2. Peter Drouyn QLD 3. Richard Harvey NSW.

Junior Mens: 1. Wayne Lynch VIC 2. David ‘Baddy’ Treloar NSW 3. Butch Cooney NSW.

Womens: 1. Josette Largardene QLD 2. Nola Shepherd SA 3. Judy Trim NSW.

Senior Mens: 1. Ted Harvey NSW 2. Alan Robins WA 3. Dave Williams WA.

WA surfers Peter ‘Spook’ Bothwell & Ian ‘Kanga’ Cairns were finalists in the Open & Juniors respectively

Image: 1969 newspaper clipping featuring Ric Chan and eastern states surfers at the ’69 contest. Image courtesy of Independent Newspaper. L-R Shane Stedman NSW, Ric Chan surf photographer NZ, Richard Harvey NSW & Glen Richie NSW.

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Ric was/is a flamboyant surf photographer. He infamously rowed out into the oversized Margs Main Break line-up in a row boat to shoot the surf contest.

RicWA contest official Trevor Burslem (dec’d) would call out the giant sets over the PA, to warn me of any big sets in-bound. I was only 26 years old at the time and had no fear back then!

Photo: 1969 surf photographer Ric Chan at Yallingup. Photo courtesy of Ric Chan.

 

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Photo: 1969 Margaret River line-up for the contest. Contest official Trevor Burslem is walking down the track in his parka. Ric Chan pic.

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Photos: 1969 Contest officials & photographers at Margaret River. Richard Harvey NSW (3rd from right top pic) Ric Chan pics.

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Photos: 1969 Contest spectators at Surfers Point at Margaret River. John Balgarnie WA bottom right. Ric Chan pics.

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Photos: 1969 competitors preparing for heats at Margaret River. Right: Richard Harvey NSW. Ric Chan pics

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Photo:  1969 David ‘Baddy’ Treloar NSW competing in the Junior Mens division at Margaret River. Ric Chan pic

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Photo:  1969 Ian Cairns WA competing in the Junior Mens division at Margaret River. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo:  1969 Wayne Lynch VIC competing in the Junior Mens division at Yallingup. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1969 Robert ‘Nat’ Young NSW in the Mens division at Margaret River. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1969 Peter Drouyn NSW in the Mens division at Margaret River. Ric Chan pic.

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Photos: 1969 unidentified surfer in the Mens division at Margaret River. Ric Chan pic.

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RicI liked what I saw in WA during the ’69 Titles and after finalising commitments in Adelaide I returned to WA later in the year. This time I drove my gold kombi across the Nullarbor, which was an unpaved road of bull dust. I surfed Cactus on route and saw a giant shark in the line-up and paddled straight in as I was the only person out. Then my kombi broke down after I hit a pot hole which was at least 3ft deep. The Kombi came to a grinding halt…nothing I did would make it go! An hour later a young guy stopped & asked if he could help…..he told me the carbie was flooded and to wait a while. We tore down some trees & lit a fire to keep warm & about another hour later, he told to fire up the motor and it worked! I continued on towards Perth.

Photo: 1969 Ric Chan posing on his gold Kombi during his passage across the Nullarbor Plain. Ric Chan pic.

Ric In WA I scored a job as a DJ in the Sheraton Down Under Disco. After that I joined Independent Newspapers as a photo journalist. I also did voice overs, modelled and presented for Jeans West and DJ’d at Gobbles Nightclub until 1985, then I headed to Bali to manage the Cheaters Night Club on the Kuta entertainment strip. But that’s another story…….

I’m like a flower in the wind and like to spread pollen all over the place!

Coming soon Design of movie ticket for 1969 ‘Evolution’ surf film.

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1976 Ian ‘Kanga’ Cairns & Tony Hardy surfing North Point – Ric Chan images

Surf photographer Ric Chan captured these images of WA’s finest surfers of the 70s Ian ‘Kanga’ Cairns and Tony Hardy charging solid waves at North Point in 1976.

Both Kanga & Tony won WA State Surfing Titles and were finalists at the National level.

Ian went to Hawaii and in December 1973 and won the Smirnoff Pro event at Sunset Beach from Hawaiian Jeff Hakman. He won other big events in the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship in 1975 and World Cup events in 1976 and 1980. Source: Wikipedia.

Photo: 1976 Ian Cairns #1

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Photo: 1976 Ian Cairns #2

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Photo: 1976 Ian Cairns #3

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Photo: 1976 Ian Cairns #4

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Photo: 1976 Ian Cairns #5

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Photo: 1976 Ian Cairns #6

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Photo: 1976 Tony Hardy #1

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Photo: 1976 Tony Hardy #2

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Photo: 1976 Tony Hardy #3

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Photo: 1976 Tony Hardy #4

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Photo: 1976 Tony Hardy #5

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Photo: 1976 Tony Hardy #6

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1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan with comments from Peter Neely #2

Perth based photo-journalist Ric Chan started going on surf trips to Bali in the early 80s. In 1985 he was lured to Bali to help set up and run Cheaters Night Club in Kuta’s entertainment strip, near the famous Peanuts Club.

Ric lived in Bali until ’91 and then returned to his native NZ after his wife Sami passed away. Ric and his sons Taron & Tao settled in NZ’s North Island.

This is a glimpse of Ric’s 80’s Bali photo gallery and a taste of quieter times in Bali.

Ric ChanPeter Neely is an old mate who was in Bali when I was there.

Peter runs the web site INDO SURF and LINGO  www.indosurf.com.au  and has provided background comments on some of Ric’s Bali pics.

Photo: 1983 Steve Koehne socialising with locals at Sri Lanka surf break at Nusa Dua. Ric Chan pic.

Ric Chan – I think it’s Made Kasim with the babe, I dont remember who the dood with his head down was. Steve might recall. I don’t recall shooting any Bali shots from a boat, but it appears I must have done!

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Photo: 1983 busy Sri Lanka surf break at Nusa Dua. Water shot by Ric Chan.

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Photo: 1983 fun waves Sri Lanka surf break at Nusa Dua. Water shot by Ric Chan

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Photo: 1983 Steve Koehne and Ric Chan enjoying an agua in warung at Sri Lanka. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1985 fashion shoot with the locals. Ric Chan pic.

Ric ChanThe babe is Pam Brabants

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Photo: 1985 Wayan’s Haven shop Legian Kuta. Ric Chan pic.

Peter Neely – It’s a charming “vintage” b&w shot, even with an offering on the ground. But it’s not a shop I know, looks like a tailors shop maybe?

The single fin painted surfboard would probably be worth a bit these days though? 😉

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Photo: 1980-83 aerial image of Canggu Beach Bali. Ric Chan pic.

Peter Neely – Wow, what a difference to these days, most of those palm groves replaced with villas, bars, boutiques and hipster cafes.

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Photo: 1980 Balinese fisherman & water buffalo. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1981 Balinese women in procession at Kuta. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1982 Bali surfer Gede Narmada with Nev surfboard at Kuta Reef. Ric Chan pic.

Peter Neely – Gede was one of the first Balinese to regularly surf Padang, big Sanur and Nusa Dua.  Gede (“G’Day”) started Uluwatu Surfshop on Jalan Legian on the “outskirts” of Kuta (these days between Poppies 1 and 2).

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Photo: 1980 Bali surfer Gede Narmada surfing Kuta Reef. Peter Neely pic.

Peter NeelyGede was in the first pioneer generation of Balinese surfers, yet he wasn’t born in Kuta like all the others. Originally from Gianyar on the north-east coast, in 1969 aged just 14 Gede push-biked 20km from the main city of Denpasar when he first heard about western hippies teaching Kuta kids how to surf. He sat transfixed on the beach watching stoned naked tourists frolic in the surf, then he borrowed boards and got right into it. He soon made friends with Made “Joe” Darsana and shared his surfboard, taking turns, often the only two Balinese surfers in the water at Halfway. Gede soon became one of the first true big wave Balinese surfers, a brave standout at big Padang-Padang.

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Photo: 1980 Balinese fisherman Jimbaran Bay. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1980 fish markets Jimbaran Bay. Ric Chan pic.

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EditorRic speaks fluent Indo and some Chinese dialects. On a recent trip to the South West he charmed the ladies in the Chinese Restaurant at Dunsborough with his Cantonese language skills.

Coming soon 1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan with comments from Peter Neely #3

You can inquire on the SDS web site and view Ric’s previous Bali photo galleries.

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